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Global hop market

A local alternative to mass beer suggested by independent brewers has been successful and is now altering the global market. Beer is becoming more diversified, so transnational companies have to accept the new game rules and to switch focus to young and fast growing markets. All these processes increased the demand for aroma and bitter hop as well as their acreage expansion on two continents. However now there appeared a downward trend of alcohol consumption in the world, so even special sorts can soon turn to be sufficient. In this connection the dynamic American hop market is already facing some problems. EU hop producers have become more cautious, they are not racing to exceed the demand and look forward with more confidence, judging by the contract terms. 

Hop Market in Russia

Germany still dominates the Russian market, yet over the recent two years one has been able observe a continuous success of Czech hop suppliers. Their expansion and growing popularity of hops from the United States became the drivers of supplies growth in 2016 despite the preceding modest harvest crop in the EU, as well as the factor of relative stability in 2017. In this connection, in 2017, the ratio of the varieties continued to shift towards the aroma ones, and the supplies of Magnum hop and other alpha varieties were reduced. However, the import of bitter hop pellets is partially replaced by extracts, especially from the major beer manufacturers. Total volumes of alpha acid supplies, according to our estimation, decreased by approximately 5% and returned to the level of 2015. Barth Haas Group continues dominating the hop products market; HVG also increased its weight. At the same time, Morris Hanbury significantly reduced the supplies in 2017.

Hong Kong. Want to be a beer judge? HK Brewcraft has the course for you

We know there’s some pretty serious beer appreciation going on out there but it’s not every day the chance comes along to take beer drinking to a “professional” level. That’s what home-brewing specialists HK Brewcraft are offering with a course designed to put you on the path to becoming a “beer judge”. (Yes, you read that right).

The sessions, which begin on August 18 and run one night a week for eight weeks, are devoted to such delights as malt and mashing, hops, brewing procedures and recipe formation, beer style and judging. Each class incorporates a “tasting exercise”, with pale ales, Belgian beers and hybrids laid on for eager-beaver students to quaff and quantify.

Between homework and quizzes, students will come away with a knowledge of the brewing process and be able to identify the flavours, aromas and ingredients of both well-known and obscure beers.

The course is designed to prepare enthusiasts to sit the Beer Judge Certification Programme’s beer judging examination, which takes place in Hong Kong on October 29. There’s even a mock exam.

The deadline for registration is August 4. Answers on a postcard if you can think of a better way to spend two hours on a Thursday night.

1 Авг. 2016



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